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Energy Forum with SONI

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NI Chamber and SONI invite you to the next Energy Forum on Wednesday 6 December from 3.00-5.00pm at Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

With Northern Ireland’s ambitious 2030 climate change targets fast approaching, this event will focus on what’s needed from the planning system to enable green growth.

The conversation will be led by John Davison, Director of Strategic Communications and Rosemary Daly, Director, from leading communications and planning experts, Turley. John is a specialist in political engagement, community consultation and communications strategy who focuses on securing political and community support for complex projects. He manages stakeholders from early pre-application consultation through to determination. Rosemary is a chartered town planner with extensive experience in significant renewable developments. She served between 2005 – 2023 as Principal Commissioner at the Planning Appeals Commission Northern Ireland.

Attendees will hear from Eimear Watson, Head of Networks at SONI, who will deliver a briefing on the Transmission Development Plan 2023-2032. The Plan outlines an ambitious grid infrastructure investment package to support Northern Ireland to meet its renewable energy targets, improve grid capacity and bolster security of supply.

About the Speakers

Eimear Watson, Head of Networks, SONI

Eimear joined SONI in 2012 as a Grid Operations Planning Engineer and has since held various roles across power system planning and operations sides of the SONI business including Team Lead roles in Access Planning, Near Time, System Operations, System Support & Analysis Team and Security of Supply.  Eimear was appointed as Head of Networks NI in April 2023. The newly formed team led by Eimear integrates four key roles in transmission system planning – system planning, connections planning, connections contract management and infrastructure delivery.”

John Davison, Director – Strategic Communications, Turley

John is a specialist in political engagement, community  consultation and communications strategy. John joined Turley in 2015, and leads our Strategic Communications Team. He has a track record of more than 15 years directing and leading complex communications projects both at Turley, and previously two Belfast based PR/Public Affairs agencies. He has led on engagement strategy for major regional and national infrastructure projects, and continues to provide strategic advice to projects within commercial development, including transport, housing, leisure, energy and infrastructure sectors. Working alongside our clients, he focuses on securing political and community support and for complex or contentious projects, managing political, media and community stakeholder from early pre-application consultation through to determination. He has undertaken, led and supported statutory pre-application community consultation for more than 60 projects in the past five years. He is a current member of the Northern Ireland CBI Infrastructure Group.

Rosemary Daly, Director, Turley

Rosemary is a chartered town planner with an extensive experience delivering planning decisions and reports on various planning and environmental appeals on behalf of the Planning Appeals Commission for Northern Ireland. Significant input into the delivery of major renewable development infrastructure decisions. Delivery of the first and subsequent Independent Examinations and reports for Belfast Local Development Plan Strategy and Mid and East Antrim Local Development Plan Strategy. Whist in the private sector Rosemary also worked on a number of wind energy developments and other infrastructure developments across Northern Ireland

The event is free for NI Chamber members and costs £50 for non-members to attend.